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Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:19 pm

Nearly 29 years after the first two Alitalia MD-82s - I-DAWA "Roma" and I-DAWE "Milano" - were delivered, the Italian flag carrier will be retiring the type by October 2012.


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This marks as well the end of Alitalia DC-9 operations, that started in 1967 with a -32 frame, I-DIKA.





In order to celebrate this event, the Aviazione Civile association (www.aviazionecivile.it), in cooperation with Alitalia, is organizing a MXP-MXP farewell roundtrip on October 13. The flight will last about one hour and will overfly scenic landscapes such as the Mont Blanc and the Garda Lake. A farewell toast will be part of the onboard service.

The flight will be operated by a 141-seater MD-82, the candidates being I-DACR ("Carrara", 1990), I-DACS ("Maratea", 1990), I-DACZ ("Castelfidardo", 1991), I-DATM ("Cividale del Friuli", 1995). The aircraft will feature some extra-comfort "Poltrona Sorrento" seats, much more comfortable than any short-haul business class of the 2010s, that can be booked in advance.


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Anyone interested to be part of this flight may leave a post on the Aviazione Civile's forum at http://www.aviazionecivile.org/vb/sh...Bye-MD-80-quot-13-OTTOBRE-2012**** . Indicative prices for non-members of the Aviazione Civile association are 99 € for the MXP-MXP roundtrip, or 129 € for the roundtrip plus the positioning flight to and from FCO (so FCO-MXP-MXP-FCO).

The flight will take place only if a significant number of participants is achieved.
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:15 pm

Defenitelly I will be attending.
Thank you for sharing
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:46 am

I will as well, this flight is a must!
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:50 am

I will be there as well!
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:41 pm

Then I won't be able to fly a AZ MD-80  Alitalia MD-80 Destinations? (by axelesgg Aug 30 2012 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:35 am

I would do it if I were in Italy, either in Rome or in Milan. But never mind, I flew on those recently with American. Enjoy the party. I remember spotting Alitalia DC-9s and MD-80s in BRU for years.

So SAS will soon be the only major European airline still flying the MD-80, and maybe one of only three major airlines in the world still flying the MD-80 of any variant, the other two being American and Delta.

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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:28 am

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
So SAS will soon be the only major European airline still flying the MD-80, and maybe one of only three major airlines in the world still flying the MD-80 of any variant, the other two being American and Delta.

Meridiana, Italy's second-largest airline, is still flying 10 of them.
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:36 am

Wow, they have accelerated the MD-82s retirement. Wasnt it planned that the last ones should stay one more year until recently? So now only SAS remains, and soon the MD-80 is a thing of the past in Europe.
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:01 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
So SAS will soon be the only major European airline still flying the MD-80, and maybe one of only three major airlines in the world still flying the MD-80 of any variant, the other two being American and Delta.

Don't forget Allegiant
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:52 pm

Quoting axelesgg (Reply 4):
Then I won't be able to fly a AZ MD-80

Come to MXP on the 13th!
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:27 pm

Very nice iniziative! Well done!
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:53 pm

Thanks for sharing, IDAWA. I would attend in a heartbeat if I was in Italy. Classy move on AZ's part to commemorate the end of an era.

Quoting IDAWA (Reply 6):

Meridiana, Italy's second-largest airline, is still flying 10 of them.

Do we know how much longer IG plan to operate them?
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:57 am

Luckily I will be in transit in MXP on that day, along with fellow a.netter TUGMASTER. Have booked and looking forward to saying goodbye to Alitalia's dear old Mad Dogs.

Hope to see a few other a.netters on the day.
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:40 am

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 11):
Classy move on AZ's part to commemorate the end of an era.

I think it has been more a move originating from the Aviazione Civile association chartering an Alitalia MD-80, rather than something from Alitalia itself. Possibly Alitalia provided some kind of support to the initiative, but I really don't know the details.
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:53 am

Quoting IDAWA (Reply 13):
Possibly Alitalia provided some kind of support to the initiative, but I really don't know the details.

At €99 for the commemorative flight or a mere €129 for FCO-MXP-MXP-FCO - yes, I think AZ are definitely being very supportive!
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:59 pm

Official timetable has been released. The farewell flight has been suitably numbered AZ eighty-00.

AZ8002 13OCT12 13OCT12 .....6. FCO1030 MXP1150 AZ
AZ8000 13OCT12 13OCT12 .....6. MXP1240 MXP1340 AZ
AZ8691 13OCT12 13OCT12 .....6. MXP1430 FCO1545 AZ

All times local

[Edited 2012-10-03 08:00:44]

[Edited 2012-10-03 08:58:18]
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:17 pm

One website now reports that AZ will fly the MD-80 til the 27th of October. And standby after that.
(Not quite sure if i'm allowed to link there)
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:34 am

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 14):
Quoting IDAWA (Reply 13):
Possibly Alitalia provided some kind of support to the initiative, but I really don't know the details.

At €99 for the commemorative flight or a mere €129 for FCO-MXP-MXP-FCO - yes, I think AZ are definitely being very supportive!

   I couldn't agree more, cedarjet. My point exactly.   
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:26 am

I'm actually a little surprised that Alitalia has kept their MD-80 series planes up till now, considering the increasingly strict EU noise regulations.
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:17 pm

Just landed after a fantastic 54 minute flight over Italy. Was cloudy so not much sighseening but we were there for the MD-80 and the extremely sporty takoff and fantastic style of the Italian classic, the AZ Mad Dog.

Crew were extremely kind and the champagne was liberally poured. The organisers had certificates, safety cards and photos of the aircraft for everyone. Pilots pulled off a long float and a perfect touchdown accompanied by applause from the happy punters.

Photos on the ramp (including a group photo of all the passengers and crew) before we reboarded buses back to the terminal and said farewell to a staple of European skies for decades - thank you Alitalia MD-80 for all the memories!
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:08 am

Quoting RayChuang (Reply 18):

I'm actually a little surprised that Alitalia has kept their MD-80 series planes up till now, considering the increasingly strict EU noise regulations.

For foreign carriers, no airline, other than perhaps SK, has been more loyal to the MD-80 as AZ.
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:47 am

Farewell "Super Ottanta Alitalia!"

Amazing birds and spent quite a few summers hopping around Italy on Alitalia and Ati MD-82s.

Made me fall in love with the mad-dogs....
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:01 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 19):

We are happy that you enjoyed the events.
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:05 pm

I was there and I want say thanks to all the staff of Aviazione Civile and to Alitalia for the special experience they organized. Well done!!!
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:18 pm

I was there as well and I really enjoyed the flights: FCO-MXP-ALL (Albenga, used as fictive destination in the DCS)-MXP-FCO).

It has been really exciting to take off in FCO with an almost empty aircraft (28 pax + the crew, 45 Ton of TOW and a VR set at only 120KTS) and to get some other 80 people on board at MXP for the commemorative flight.

An unforgettable day with unforgettable friends.

Here below the link to one of the Trip Report publishe on the Aviazione Civile website (the private association that organized the event)

MXP-ALL-MXP" target="_blank">http://www.aviazionecivile.org/vb/showthread.php/126326-TR-MXP-ALL-MXP
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:04 am

Glad to see some of you were able to attend; and thanks for posting on the experience for those of us who were unable to make it. I find it interesting that I-DATI Siracusa operated the commemorative flight (my ancestors came to the US from Siracusa some 85 years ago). This frame was also the last new-build delivery to ATI in 1993.
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:26 am

In the meanwhile, other two aircraft types are leaving the AZ fleet (the 767s and the CRJ900s) so at the beginning of 2013 AZ is likely to have one of the most omogeneous fleet amongst the European network carriers, as follows:

Long Range
B-777
A-330

Short-Medium Range
A-320F
EMB 175-190

[Edited 2012-10-18 01:27:37]
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:34 am

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 19):
Just landed after a fantastic 54 minute flight over Italy.

Which aircraft (registration) operated this last flight?
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:23 am

Quoting Fraport (Reply 27):
Which aircraft (registration) operated this last flight?

I-DATI: if you click on the link I have posted above, there are a lot of pictures of the event
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:54 am

Quoting 777 (Reply 26):
so at the beginning of 2013 AZ is likely to have one of the most omogeneous fleet amongst the European network carriers, as follows:

Long Range
B-777
A-330

Short-Medium Range
A-320F
EMB 175-190

   Great observation. Forgive me, I do not follow AZ closely; are the sub-fleet's of these types owned by AZ or leased? If owned, what ratio are paid-off, in-full?

Quoting 777 (Reply 28):
Quoting Fraport (Reply 27):
Which aircraft (registration) operated this last flight?

I-DATI: if you click on the link I have posted above, there are a lot of pictures of the event

Ex-ATI, del 5/93.

I wonder if this aircraft or others will find a home with 1T (Bulgarian Air Charter) or a similar carrier. I know some will be quick to dismiss, but realize that 9/10 1T (Bulgarian Air Charter) active MD-82 are ex-AZ.

Economic conditions and savvy business strategy would dictate this a easy decision to purchase in the US - As active, replacement/future, or parts. If 1T (Bulgarian Air Charter) pass on them and these aircraft are scrapped in the US, it will be big mistake and opportunity lost. Unless 1T (Bulgarian Air Charter) plan to quickly integrate a full A32X fleet - which I highly doubt...
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:23 pm

Actually the real last scheduled AZ Md-80's flight will be CTA-FCO the 27th October(this saturday evening).
I'm already booked on that flight...
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:14 pm

Yesterday evening flight AZ1740 CTA-FCO was the last ever scheduled flight for Alitalia's Md80s...and as i said i was on that flight.

To be precise it was MD82 I-DATI "Siracusa"(in the new AZ livery) who flown the last flight.

Strangely,considering the importance of this flight,there wasn't any water cannon salute or so,but the Captain after landing at FCO made an announcement to the passengers(only 3 or 4 of us were aware of the fact already) saying,with great emotion,that it was the last flight for an aircraft who made the history of Alitalia for the last 30 years and that he flew for the last 25 years(the First Officer was flying Md80s for 21 years instead),and underlining that it was an historic moment for him and the airline.
An applause from the all the passengers followed.

Really an historic moment for both Italian civil aviation,Alitalia and also for me considering that i grew up flying on these birds...
But at least in Italy we can still fly on Meridiana Fly Md82s...

Farewell Alitalia Maddogs!
 
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:07 am

Quoting alitalia610 (Reply 31):
Strangely,considering the importance of this flight,there wasn't any water cannon salute

Is the water cannon salute more of an American tradition? Is this not a given in Europe or Italy with retirement flights? Seems incredibly remiss...

Glad to hear the Captain acknowledged the importance, and thanks for sharing.
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:52 pm

Quoting American 767 (Reply 5):
and maybe one of only three major airlines in the world still flying the MD-80 of any variant

Does the AirTran (STB Southwest) fleet of 717s count?
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RE: Oct 13: Alitalia MD-80 Farewell Flight

Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:27 am

Quoting YYCspotter (Reply 33):
Does the AirTran (STB Southwest) fleet of 717s count?

No. AirTran isn't a major airline. Neither is Allegiant. Neither is Meridiana. And those 717s are going to Delta. I believe that Southwest is going to dump them upon merging with AirTran.

I would like to fly on a 717.
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